The shocking photos many hope will inspire stronger US action in Syria

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One of several photos on display at the U.S. Capitol building as part of the exhibit "Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons." Photo courtesy of United for a Free Syria

One of several photos on display at the U.S. Capitol building as part of the exhibit "Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons." Photo courtesy of United for a Free Syria

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(RNS) A sign at the entrance to the exhibit warns of the shocking nature of the images beyond -- photos smuggled out of Syria that show emaciated and grotesquely mutilated victims of dictator Bashar Assad's prisons and torture chambers.

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  • Domini

    America is jaded by photos such as these, living in a world of selfies, recording every act imaginable on cellphones, etc. Syria is no more grotesque than ISIS,Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, North Korea, or a host of other nations.
    Will we do more for Syrians? Why? These nations crumble under barbarism only to rise again with different names causing the same carnage. Where is the UN?
    Until the UN declares war on these irritants and sends equal international numbers to fight, rather than the US alone, I say let them solve it
    themselves.
    All of these stories and pictures are beyond horrible and tragic….. but we are inundated with them all of the time. America has done its share of aid, only to be vilified by the very people we are helping.
    It is a world problem, not an American one.

  • MarkE

    This is a terrible situation. So is Myanmar, Burundi, Nigeria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea, Iraq, Ukraine. The list goes on of places in this world where humanity is playing out at it’s worst. Are we (the US) expected to correct all of these atrocities? These conservative politicians who beat the drums of military intervention have no clue how to do it (even McCain, who should be ashamed of himself – I’ve lost all respect for him over the past six years) and, but their wasteful and deceptive folly in Iraq, have seriously undermined the American public’s willingness to go and right these wrongs. So be it. Until everyone of those politicians are willing to send their sons and daughters into Syria and Libya and Iraq and Nigeria and Myanmar – then no one should be sent. We need a nation behind us when we go.

  • Larry

    And herein lies the reason the US, NATO or any of Syria’s neighbors are getting involved with combating ISIS in the region. Nobody wants to be the one to keep Assad in power.

    About the only people who have been dealing with the situation with clean hands and consciences are the Jordanians and the Kurds. Jordan has practically turned half of its territory into refugee/aid camps for people fleeing Syria. The Kurds are the only combatants in Syria/Iraq who have consistently been fighting ISIS and not cutting deals with them.